People who have been laid off from their jobs through no fault of their own may apply for unemployment insurance (UI) via the state of California. A base period from the state’s most recently completed year is utilized by the state in the process of determining the total amount of benefits that will be awarded to a beneficiary on a weekly basis.
Your total wages for the base period quarter in which you had the highest earning potential will be used by the EDD in the calculation of the amount of your weekly assistance payment. To calculate the maximum weekly benefit amount of $450, total wages are divided by 26 for all workers other than those making extremely low salaries. This yields the weekly benefit amount.